Power Causes Corruption

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“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” - John Acton, 1887. The debate over whether power causes corruption has been an ongoing discussion for hundreds of years. Some might say that the power itself is what corrupts, while others argue that power simply reveals people's true colors. However, in reality all sides have some truth to them. Power can be a source of corruption when the amount obtained becomes overwhelming, when the person given power doesn't know what do with it or grows bored, and when the person was already corrupt at heart to begin with. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all mean can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” What he is trying to say is that power is not something everyone can handle, it takes confidence, and courage, among other things, to be a great leader. It takes a lot of strength to not crack under the pressure of power. It can cause people to lose their humanity, and go stone cold. An example of this would be the character Macbeth, from the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Before he was king, before he heard the witch's prophecies, Macbeth was loyal to the king, and would die for him and his country in battle. He didn't have any impure thoughts before that, even once he was given the prophecy that he would be king, he still had doubts about acting on it. However, After he did end up murdering the King, and taking his place, he changed completely. He began slaughtering his

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